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‘Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey’ Profiles a Quintessential Mountain Climber

"The mythology of Fred Beckey has become almost superhuman. This film will encompass his legacy."

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Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

Logline: Fred Beckey is the original American “Dirtbag” climber whose name has evoked mystery, adulation and vitriol since the 1940s. The groundbreaking life story of this rebel athlete is told for the first time in this exclusive documentary film.

Elevator Pitch:

Hailed as one of the most prolific, influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey shattered records with an unparalleled string of superhuman first ascents. He is the prodigal “Dirtbag” climber: defined as one who forgoes the pursuit of material comforts and defies societal norms in order to pursue a nomadic mountaineering lifestyle.

Still obsessed with the mountains and planning ambitious expeditions at age 93, the man who once bounded up granite and ice with graceful elegance and ease is now challenged with the simplicity of everyday life. He is finally ready to tell his life story for the first time.

Production Team:

Dave O’Leske – Director, Producer, Editor, Cinematographer: Dave spent the past decade filming the mythical Fred Beckey in the mountains of China, North America and in his Pacific Northwest home. Dave founded Through a Child’s Eyes Productions in 1998 as an adventure, cultural and environmental digital video production company whose work has taken him around the world to tell unique stories. Dave’s work has included award-winning feature length documentaries, commercial videos, and published still and fine art photography. His first documentary, “Spirit of Snow” (2002), won a Special Jury Award at Mountainfilm in Telluride and Best Short Documentary at the Golden Film Festival.

Andy McDonough – Producer: Andy McDonough writes, produces and develops creative film and photography projects through his company, Roped In Productions, collaborating with 2R Productions on multiple feature projects including “K2: Siren of the Himalayas” (2012) and “Evergreen: The Road to Legalization” (2013).

Colin Plank – Producer: Colin worked for The Walt Disney Company in physical production and visual effects for several live action feature films. After leaving Disney, he produced several award-winning shorts and music videos and then formed his own production company, Centripetal Films. Colin most recently Produced, “Eden” (2013), which won the Audience Award for Best Narrative at the SXSW and Milan International Film Festivals.

Jason Reid – Producer, Editor: Jason is the principal and founder of 2R Productions where he is an award-winning editor, producer and director of independent documentaries, narrative shorts, music videos and commissioned corporate videos. He directed and produced the Emmy® Award-winning “Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai” (2010), the Webby Award-winning “Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team” (2009) and Webby honorees “The Finish Line” and “Mr. Irrelevant” (2014). He was also the producer and editor on “K2: Siren of the Himalayas” (2012), “Evergreen: The Road to Legalization” (2013). He most recently directed and produced “Backfire: How to Destroy a Presidential Candidate” (2016) for ESPN Films / FiveThirtyEight.

Adam Brown – Co-Producer, Co-Editor: Adam serves as the Co-Producer and marketing director for the film. Adam won a Webby Award as producer of the documentary “Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team” (2009). He has also produced many music videos, commercials and documentaries including “K2: Siren of the Himalayas” (2012), “Evergreen: The Road to Legalization” (2013), “The Finish Line” (2014) and “Mr. Irrelevant” (2014). He most recently produced “Backfire: How to Destroy a Presidential Candidate” (2016) for ESPN Films / FiveThirtyEight. Adam owns film production company Lucid Visual Media.

Darren Lund – Editor: Darren is an editor and cinematographer on many award-winning films including “Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team” (2009), “Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai” (2010), “K2: Siren of the Himalayas” (2012), “Evergreen: The Road to Legalization” (2013), “The Finish Line” (2014) and “Mr. Irrelevant” (2014). In addition to editing documentaries, music videos, live concert films and commercials, Darren has also worked as a director and editor of live events on a weekly highlights show for FSN/ROOT Sports. He most recently edited “Backfire: How to Destroy a Presidential Candidate” (2016) for ESPN Films / FiveThirtyEight.

Colin Baxter – Co-Executive Producer: Colin is a creative guru who has executive produced many feature documentaries including “Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team” (2009), “K2: Siren of the Himalayas” (2012) and “Evergreen: The Road to Legalization” (2013).

Sandy Jeglum – Digital Media Producer: Sandy oversees digital media, content strategy and crowdfunding for the film. Sandy has managed three successful crowdfunding campaigns for “Crazywise” (2014), “Crazywise” (2015) and “Headhunt Revisited” (2014) raising an total of $160K in online and offline donations.

Jonathan Baab – Visual Artist

Jon Garn – Graphical Artist

Joe Garber – Animator

About the Film:

Fred Beckey has led a polarizing, rebellious, exceptional life. The urgency to finish this film comes from Fred’s age and the opportunity to paint the definitive portrait of a living legend. Beckey has entrusted director Dave O’Leske with his personal journals, photographs and films dating from 1933 – 2015. Our team has the exclusive rights to get the story of this rebel genius out for the first time.

The relevance stems from Fred’s pioneer spirit; his ability to never compromise his dreams for anyone. The mythology of Fred Beckey has become almost superhuman. This film will encompass his legacy.

Current Status: Production is complete. Currently fundraising for post-production and finishing costs.

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